A joint venture pilot plant by Perth materials technology group FYI Resources and Alcoa of Australia has successfully produced 99.9986 per cent purity alumina (Al2O3).
The companies said the high purity alumina (HPA) achieved in the plant was an outstanding outcome and validation of FYI’s HPA refining process and flowsheet design.
FYI plans a kaolin mine at Cadoux, WA and a processing plant at Kwinana south of Perth, with the two companies agreeing to potentially jointly developing the project.
FYI managing director Roland Hill said: “The achievement continues to demonstrate the outstanding qualities of our flowsheet in delivering consistent and reliably high quality HPA product – a key requirement from a customer perspective.
“FYI is encouraged by the outcomes of the pilot plant and will continue to progress with the development of our HPA strategy and advancing the MOU conditions with Alcoa.”
Samples from the pilot plant will be sent to EAG Laboratories in New York for further analysis as well as to several potential offtake customers.
HPA is utilised in making LED lighting and lithium-ion batteries.
Picture: FYI Resources/pilot plant
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